Beat the heat while keeping your home cool and energy efficient.
Looking to stay clean and green all summer long? No sweat! We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re hitting the outdoors for your favorite summer activities or keeping your home cool during the dog days of summer, a few simple choices can help you stay green and comfortable even throughout the hottest months of the year.
Conserve energy with these tips.
Summer is one of the highest electricity usage periods of the year. Approximately 60% – 70% of the electricity you use is just for cooling your home. After you set up your home for success with an energy audit, consider implementing these new habits to give your A/C (and your energy consumption) a break.
Turn up your thermostat. For every degree below 78°F, you can expect about a 5% – 7% increase in your cooling costs.
Shut your blinds during the day. Also set them to send heat up toward the ceiling instead of down toward the floor.
Remember the 4-by-4 rule. If you’re going to be away for more than four hours, set the thermostat 4° higher.
Unplug your electronics. Stop vampire power from draining your wallet by putting your electronics on a power strip and unplugging when not in use.
Check your water heater. The ideal temperature for an energy-efficient water heater is 120°F.
Embrace cooking outdoors. When you aren’t using your stove or oven to cook your meals, they aren’t heating up your home and causing your A/C to work overtime.
Looking for more ways to live green this summer?
Greening your summer doesn't stop with saving energy. Both at home and on vacation, there are eco-friendly ways to help yourself and the planet.
Make every morning greener.
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Plan your travel sustainably.
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Consider the planet during your move.
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Green your home from the inside out.
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